🎩 AUCTION : Pink Pussycat Hat

🎩 AUCTION : Pink Pussycat Hat

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ENDS Tuesday, 6pm EST Feb. 14


Up for Auction:

An amazing HOT PINK fur felt handmade cap
from Marine & Deerfield

50% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood**

All bids must be made in USD, with a starting bid of $160 and a minimum increase of $5. Leave your bid in a comment and please tag the person you are out-bidding so they know. Your bid does not include shipping. This auction is open worldwide. 
When the auction closes, I’ll notify the highest bidder, and they will be invoiced via PayPal for the amount of their winning bid + shipping cost. If the invoice is not paid within 48 hours, the cap will go to the next highest bidder. 

✨Hat Details✨
Fur Felt, in hot pink
Handmade, handblocked
White Tiger Patch
Size: MED-LARGE/ 57-58cm / 22.5-22 3.4
(can be altered up or down a size if needed)
Retail price $280

 **In celebration of ✨Planned Parenthood✨, I present the Pink Pussycat Hat! I feel very strongly about supporting PP, and having their services available to all women. This is an organization to help women with affordable healthcare. A place that can take care of your needs. Non judgmental, compassionate, and affordable. So 50% of your bid will go directly to Planned Parenthood. And if for any possible miracle, the bid exceeds $300, then 70% will go to Planned Parenthood. 

✨Thanks so much!✨

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Don't forget to stop by the West 13th Street Pop Up in the Meatpacking District this weekend. 

Serious Discounts, Sales and Giveaways, not to mention free wine on Saturday 6-10pm!


Come find your new summer straw hat!  

The new "Merchant Marine" collection and "Wild Soul" collection will be Marine & Deerfield's main feature, in addition to a few "Chloe" Milan straw widebrims (15% off), and short brim city straws (15-50% off).  


 I will be hosting a giveaway for a Marine & Deerfield straw hat from the the current summer stock. 🍒 

(Restrictions apply, details at event).  

The First Commision

This little fascinator was my first official job.  During my training when I was living in Germany, my neighbor commissioned me to make her a hat for a wedding she was attending.  With great trepidation, but eager to try my hand at it, I went forth and created this little piece.  There are some things I would do differently now, but overall, it's pretty darn good for a first.

The Launch of Marine & Deerfield - December 15th, 2015

I can't believe it's taken me three months to post information about the event I held at my home back in December. Co-hosted by Tina Lipman and Victoria Sullivan, we celebrated the launch of Marine & Deerfield.Let's just say it's been a busy few months sense then.  

A fabulous group of Ladies at the Launch modeling M&D hats.

A fabulous group of Ladies at the Launch modeling M&D hats.

It was a really fantastic night, with ladies trying on hats, and going home with one of their own.  I'm about to do another event, which I'll post details to soon.  This time a Trunk Show, at a local boutique.  

Source: http://www.marineanddeerfield.com/blog/

The Milliner's Travels to Firenze - April 2015

It's hard to believe it's been a year, but it's true.   A year ago I still lived in Hamburg Germany.   A year ago I embarked on one of the most memorable trips with my colleague and Mentor to Firenze, Italy.  Otherwise known as Florence.  A year ago, I completed my apprenticeship with Ulla.

Ulla and Lea enjoy a delicious Gelate on the The Ponte Vecchio

Ulla and Lea enjoy a delicious Gelate on the The Ponte Vecchio

I am sad to have left these ladies. And just as sad to end that apprenticeship.  I still feel like I have so much to learn. But it really was time. Time to come home, time to get my own business started, time to experiment!  But I will always look back on that time with such fond memories.  I will miss the camaraderie of working in an environment with others, and discussing projects, and helping each other grow.  

But this was a business trip.  We might have been able to enjoy it in a remarkable place, but we hoofed it all day visiting Milliner suppliers and then followed it by some good old fashioned tourism.  Every evening we ate amazing Italian and delicious glasses of red wine. 

Our trip started from Hamburg aboard Easy Jet ($55 one way!!), and then we took the train from Pisa to Florence.  We stayed just over the The Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval stone arch bridge that crosses over the Arno River.  It's beautiful, and lovely to see day or night.  At night the lights glitter from the shops built along it.  

Every morning, we were up and out, on our way to visit a select amount of Milliner suppliers, from a huge haberdashery warehouse outside of Florence fitted with everything from feathers to pins, to an exquisitely old operation run by a very prestigious Italian family, in the heart of Florence.  We were met by an older gentlemen who didn't smile until the end of our meeting. That's where I picked up the nicest straws.  But the treat was visiting Gennaro Gori outside of Florence (see pics below).  

Traveling to Gennaro Gori's supply house outside Florence was something out of a Milliner's fantasy.   Rows and rows of ribbons, felt capelines, hoods, straw capelines, feathers...  Well, you can see a little bit of what I saw in the pictures below. But they don't quite capture it completely.  The main warehouse was about, but not limited to, 5 giant rooms filled.  Some rooms had shelves that when right to the ceiling.   And down the drive you could see another warehouse, which had been damaged in a storm, and it still had boxes of supplies tucked inside.

But of course, what's work with out play, more gelato, lot's of food, achey sore feet from exploration?    

So that's it till next time.  I definitely plan to join Ulla on her next adventure to Florence if she'll have me.  It was beyond fun, and informative.  

Ciao for now, Firenze!

London Studies: Lessons in Sinamay and Parasisal

As I continue to go through my archives of photos from my life abroad, I'm discovering some great shots of some early projects.   The photos below are from my studies with Chlöe Scrivener.  We worked on two very grand hats. This one is the Sinamay project.  Created in Three separate pieces, two for the crown and one for the brim, using 3 layers of Sinamay. To get the material over the crown, the top is separate and seemed to the sides.  The end result is a clean, smooth finish.


With our second project, we worked with Parasisal.  In this lesson, I learned how to extend the crown using Buckram which later on will be covered by fabric.  

Source: http://www.marineanddeerfield.com/blog/

Blast from the Past: London Lessons at UAL

My first bit of Millinery lessons took place at the London College of Fashion in Shoreditch, where they offer up Millinery courses.  I spent two weeks there my first time for an intensive course.   It was an amazing experience and helped turn me in the right direction.

Source: http://www.marineanddeerfield.com/blog/

Stepping Back in Time in KÖLN

When visiting Köln (Cologne, Germany), I happened upon this amazing vintage inspired Hat Maker, Jürgen Eifler.  My jaw dropped, my forhead stuck to the window, as I gazed lovingly through the windows of the shop.  I was smitten. In love.  Could I move in?  Can I live here?  This was everything I wanted.  Look at the blocks! The materials! The Decor!  Perfect.  See for yourself.

As you can see. Amazing. Vintage. Working. Wow.  

Visiting Moods, New York City

And saying Hi to Swatch!

Last year while I was still living in Germany, I spent a month in New York over the summer. One of the most important things I do on my City trips is take a visit to MOODS.  A New York fashion institution, Moods has been around since 1991, and supplies an amazing assortment of fabric and haberdashery to designers, aspiring designers, students, businesses and even the participants of Project Runway.  And me.

I took along Florence and we made a day of gawking over the gorgeous fabrics.  Running into Swatch, the famous French bull dog, is always fun, but having him perched atop the stairs was classic.